It seems not a day goes by that I don't get notified of a "breach" in one of my online accounts. They request that I change my password. I do, but NEVER by clicking on the link in the email (just in case it's a scam).  I go directly to the website by typing in the url, logging in, THEN I change my password.

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This article on the worst passwords is great. They're easy for hackers to figure out. Here's the list:

  1. password (The most popular password and most easily hacked.)
  2. 123456  
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty (The top left letters on the keyboard)
  5. abc123 (The fifth most common password.)
  6. monkey (The experts can't figure why this is popular, but it is.)
  7. 1234567
  8. letmein
  9. trustno1
  10. dragon
  11. baseball
  12. 111111
  13. iloveyou
  14. master
  15. sunshine
  16. ashley
  17. bailey
  18. passw0rd (Changing the "o" to a zero doesn't help.)
  19. shadow
  20. 123123
  21. 654321
  22. superman
  23. qazwsx (a top-to-bottom letter sequence on the keyboard)
  24. michael
  25. football

Using passwords like these will significantly increase your risk of identity theft and other icky stuff.

How to make your passwords safer:

  • Make them long (at least 12 keystrokes)
  • mix `em up with upper- and lowercase letters, spaces, underscores, symbols and conscious misspellings
  • Also, use different passwords for your different online accounts
  • CHANGE THEM every 90 days or so. I have so many that I can't possibly remember them all, so I keep them in a password-protected file. Of course, I made that password especially difficult.
  • Or, use a service like 1Password. I'm seriously considering it, they say they have never had their security compromised in any way. (I will research this and write you a post about it soon.)

Microsoft has a web page dedicated to helping you create strong passwords. Go here to check it out.

You're welcome!

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